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News and information on the ASA South West Region Education Network.

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Speedo video interview with Sean Kelly of Stockport ITC who has coached Steve Parry, Keri-Anne Payne and Cassie Patten to Olympic podium success.

Interview with Jon Rudd on BSCA

Jon Rudd, Vice Chairman BSCA gives us an insight into the British Swimming Coaches Association in this interview recorded at the ASA SW Region Youth Championships (3m 35s)

New Quarterly BSCA Coaching Awards launched

The BSCA are well known for recognising coaching achievement at a National & international level, but now, in partnership with Speedo, the BSCA is to recognise a coach every three months, with their new “Coach of the Quarter” award.

Are you interested in becoming an ASA tutor?

Dates for the initial technical knowledge exam papers in Loughborough are 20 June and 19 September 2012.

Click for information on the Tutor Training Programme

For further details, please contact Hannah Smith, Regional Workforce Officer ( / 07825 294793).

ASA Young Coaches Academy

The ASA is working with the Youth Sport Trust to complete targeted work with clubs to develop up to 200 young inspiring coaches aged 16 - 19 years from across the regions. The young coaches' programme will support ASA Swim 21 accredited clubs to support their young people to become better coaches giving them the opportunity to develop confidence and ideas for delivery within the club environment.

The programme is available from 1 February 2012 and coaches will have the opportunity to:

  • Enroll onto a UKCC Level 1 Teaching or Coaching Course from February - August 2012 for just £50.00* (£345 reduction on normal cost)
  • Have local mentor support
  • 4 e-Learning Stroke CPDS

Applications are now open and the ASA welcomes all eligible young coaches from across the regions to apply

This is a perfect development opportunity for the young people enrolled in the Inspire programme so I would the urge your young volunteers to express their interest if they would like to develop their coaching skills. Click for further information and download the expression of interest form below.

If you have any enquires then please contact

Francesca Kelly, Volunteer Officer,
The ASA, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough University, LE11 3QF
Office: 01509 640134
Mobile: 07825512506

Swimming Trust seeks funds to roll out National Young Teacher Development Programme

The Swimming Trust is seeking funds of over £10,000 to roll out their National Young Teacher Development Programme, which aims to encourage young people into the sport and begin a career in swimming, by providing access to nationally recognised qualifications.

Following the continuing success of a pilot project in Milton Keynes, running from January 2011 to December 2012, the national charity is hoping to deliver new projects across the country in a number of targeted areas.

The Young Teacher Development Programme is aimed at individuals aged 16 to 24 years and supports them through the Level 1 and Level 2 UK Coaching Certificate for Teaching Aquatics and Coaching Swimming.

Youth Contract subsidy for voluntary organisations

Voluntary organisations are eligible to apply for subsidies to employ young people as part of the Government's new £1bn Youth Contract.

The Youth Contract will provide nearly half-a-million new opportunities for young people, including apprenticeships and work experience placements.

The 2012 Young Coaches Academy Programme

The ASA is working with the Youth Sport Trust to develop and mentor 20 young (17-19 yrs) aspiring performance coaches in Aquatics in 2012.

Throughout the academy programme the ASA will support the successfully recruited 20 young performance coaches around the ‘what to coach’ skills and provide them with further mentoring and sport specific development opportunities within their aquatic discipline.

The academy programme will commence in January 2012 and coaches will be supported through to March 2013 with the following development opportunities:

  • Attendance at the Youth Sports Trust National Young Coaches Academy on 17-19th February 2012 in Loughborough
  • Attendance at ASA Regional Level 1 Talent Camps
  • Attached to and agreed attendance at an ASA Beacon Programme
  • Assigned a Mentor
  • Support towards their ASA Level 2 Coaching Course
  • 4 e-Learning Stroke CPDS

Applications are now open and the ASA welcomes all eligible young coaches from across the regions to apply.

British Swimming establishes Development Coaching Advisory Panel

Jolyon Fink and Jon Rudd are members of a Development Coaching Advisory Panel established by British Swimming to lead the process of developing and evaluating initiatives within the World Class Development Programme.

National Development and Open Water Coach, Mark Perry explained: “This panel will provide coaches with the valuable opportunity to influence the activities of the development programme moving forward.

“Through creating a closer link with coaches we aim to develop and deliver a curriculum that will make a real difference to the process of nurturing the best swimming talent in Britain as we look beyond London 2012 to the Rio 2016 Olympics.”

How do I become a swimming teacher in the UK?

View video (4m 44s) showing how to log into the Institute of Swimming's online environment to find information about courses to train as a swimming teacher.

Britain in a Day: sports coach UK call for coaches’ stories

sports coach UK is encouraging coaches to engage in the BBC’s Britain in a Day project to let the nation hear about their stories.

Britain in a Day takes place on 12 November 2011 and is asking the people of Britain to film their thoughts, hopes and aspirations to create the definitive self-portrait of the UK.

sports coach UK would like coaches to take the opportunity to tell the nation why they coach, why they got into coaching, the buzz they get from coaching.

The resulting film and online archive will be premiered in cinemas and broadcast on BBC Two for a general audience, ahead of the London Olympics.

HMRC Coach and Private Tutor Campaign

Coaches and private tutors have until 6 January 2012 to register for the 'Tax Catch-up Plan as part of the HMRC's latest campaign to encourage disclosure of undeclared tax liabilities.

Coaches and tutors who register for the plan will have until 31 March 2012 to let HMRC know about any tax owed for the years up to 5 April 2010, and pay the outstanding amount.

By doing this the terms of payment will be more favourable compared to waiting for the HMRC to come to you, with reports suggesting that the penalty for those who register will be set at no more than 20 per cent.

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